“When an alien resides with you in your land, do not mistreat him. You shall treat the alien who resides with you no differently from the natives born among you. Have the same love for him as for yourself, for you too were once aliens in the land of Egypt”.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that foreign-born persons and their children comprise roughly one in five residents in the United States. The U.S. foreign-born population has increased by 33 percent since 1990 alone. CLINIC serves this historic population of newcomers. CLINIC operates as a legal support agency for a rapidly growing network of Catholic, charitable immigration programs. Ten years ago, CLINIC served 17 member agencies. By the end of 2001, it trained and supported 131 member agencies that operated legal offices in 242 sites. Its members employ more than 900 persons, including 215 persons “accredited” to represent immigrants by the federal Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) and 102 staff attorneys. CLINIC and its local partner agencies serve vulnerable newcomers, such as INS detainees, refugees, asylum-seekers, families in need of reunification, and victims of trafficking and domestic violence.
Beyond its extensive training and technical support services to member agencies, CLINIC organizes national programs for particularly needy populations and directly represents groups that its local partner agencies cannot. CLINIC also represents and supports dioceses, religious orders and communities that need the services of foreignborn priests, nuns and lay religious workers. CLINIC has five programmatic divisions.
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